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Quantum of Solace

2008 James Bond movie, sequel to Casino Royale starring Daniel Craig

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  • Nov 29, 2008
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Having watched all the Bond movies, especially the ones with Sean (the one and only) Connery, I'd have to say that as far as Bond movies go, this one is a non-Bond.  While I understand the need to change things up a little and freshen the franchise, there are some things you just don't mess with.

 

Broken bonds include:

 

1.   Gadgets – there aren't any – it's completely Q-less

2.   Car – pedestrian

3.   Puns – one weak one (blink and you'll miss it)

4.   Martinis – I'm shaken, but not stirred

5.   Girls – one without a cool name, one just passing through

6.   Evil plot – watered down yet dry as the desert

7.   Villain – wouldn't scare a fly – just a typical avaricious businessman with friends in high places

8.   Cool suave secret agent - gone

 

This latest addition to the 007 collection has much in common with "The Bourne Identity" and "The Transporter" and is acceptable as a fast-paced, car-chasing, action movie with its rough and buff hero, but it just isn't Bond – period.

 

Daniel Craig stoically plays the role of a vengeful man, and to his credit, he handles the action scenes very well.  Mathieu Amalric is a suitably slimy power-hungry despot, but is not really impressive as a villain (through no fault of his own). Olga Kurylenko adds eye candy, but never bonds with Bond, and Judi Dench, as usual, plays a perfect M.

 

Short Attention Span Summary (SASS):

 

1.   Brooding Bond's singing the blues over Vesper Lynd (you'll need to see Casino Royale to know why)

2.   He uses his License to Kill until it gets as thin as M's "we are not amused" lips

3.   He soon discovers where Greene Planet is getting its green from

4.   Bad guys from "Quantum" find no solace at the opera when Bond displays his skills at Tosca interruptus

5.   M tries to take him down through Strawberry Fields, but unfortunately Strawberry Fields may not always be forever

6.   Bond finds a girl with similar motives, but no attraction or magnetism

7.   Explosive action follows

8.   Bond seeks closure from (1) above

 

To quote M at the end of the movie, "Bond, I need you back"

 

My sentiments exactly

 

 

Amanda Richards, November 29, 2008

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April 07, 2009
I reviewed this too, not realizing Lunch has more than one Quantum of Solace entry for reviews. Oops...
April 07, 2009
I hate it when that happens :(
 
April 07, 2009
Great review. I have not read Ian Fleming - I find his writing style difficult. I have read the Bourne series and really enjoyed the films there. I may review them.
April 07, 2009
Please do!
 
January 19, 2009
Hi, Amanda, totally agree with you that this resembled the Bourne series, they intend Craig to be in a Bond trilogy also. Oh well, I wonder who's going to come next?
 
November 30, 2008
Wow, how could they have gone so far wrong with this script? It's just not Bondish. Maybe they should quit and re-issue the Sean ones.
 
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Daniel Craig hasn't lost a step sinceCasino Royale--this James Bond remains dangerous, a man who could earn that license to kill in brutal hand-to-hand combat… but still look sharp in a tailored suit. AndQuantum of Solanceitself carries on from the previous film like no other 007 movie, with Bond nursing his anger from theCasino Royalestoryline and vowing blood revenge on those responsible. For the new plot, we have villain Mathieu Amalric (The Diving Bell and the Butterfly), intent on controlling the water rights in impoverished Third World nations and happy to overthrow a dictator or two to get his way. Olga Kurylenko is very much in the "Bond girl" tradition, but in the Ursula Andress way, not the Denise Richards way. And Judi Dench, Jeffrey Wright, and Giancarlo Giannini are welcome holdovers. If director Marc Forster and the longtime Bond production team seem a little too eager to embrace the continuity-shredding style of theBournepictures (especially in a nearly incomprehensible opening car chase), they nevertheless quiet down and get into a dark, concentrated groove soon enough. And the theme song, "Another Way to Die," penned by Jack White and performed by him and Alicia Keys, is actually good (at times Keys seems to be channeling Shirley Bassey--nice). Of course it all comes down to Craig. And he kills.--Robert Horton
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Director: Marc Foster
Genre: Action, Adventure
Release Date: November 14th 2008
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Screen Writer: Paul Haggis, Neal Purvis
DVD Release Date: March 24, 2009
Runtime: 106 Minutes
Studio: MGM/UA
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